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A photo of the Tyonek Fire taken on May 19 by the Alaska Division of Forestry.

Tyonek fire 100% contained

The Tyonek Fire is now considered 100% contained. It burned about 1,900 acres. Most of the crews and resources are now being used on the Funny River Fire instead, though some personnel and equipment will stay behind to make sure the fire stays under control.

May 28, 2014 - 12:11 pm
Detective Bret Sarber speaks about recent arrests in a cold case from 2003.

DNA sample leads to arrests for sexual assault in 2003 cold case

The Anchorage Police Department arraigned two suspects on Thursday in a sexual assault case from 2003. They say they re-opened the case after a DNA sample from one of the suspects matched the sample taken from the victim nearly 11 years ago when she reported the crime soon after it happened.

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May 23, 2014 - 4:30 pm
Anchorage Air Quality Impacted By Regional Wildfires

Anchorage Air Quality Impacted By Regional Wildfires

Smoke from regional wildfires is causing concerns for air quality conditions in Anchorage. The municipality’s Department of Health and Human Services said the air is unhealthy for all people and advises everyone to stay indoors.

May 22, 2014 - 11:00 am

Legislators Honor Mat Su Fish Experts

Alaska’s salmon resource often tangles in the nets of politics, but Tuesday night, members of the Matanuska Susitna Borough’s legislative delegation were all smiles as they acknowledged the Borough’s Fish Commission.

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May 21, 2014 - 4:35 pm

Borough Assembly Upholds School Funding Veto

A mayoral veto of a school district appropriation prompted dozens of people to plead with the Matanuska Susitna Assembly for an override at Tuesday night’s meeting, the votes just were not there.

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May 21, 2014 - 4:18 pm

Crews Work To Contain Wildfire Near Tyonek

State fire crews are scrambling to contain a wildfire near Tyonek on the west side of Cook Inlet.

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May 19, 2014 - 5:20 pm

Anchorage School District releases proposed budget amendments

The Anchorage School District released their suggestions for adjusting next year’s budget on Friday. Under the superintendent’s proposal, the district would cut 57 classroom teachers instead of 143. The proposal does not add back in more than 48 support staff positions that were cut in the initial budget.

May 16, 2014 - 3:54 pm
(Copyright Bill Benish. Taken on Feb. 28, 2009 in Bronx, New York City)

AK: 2014 Rusty Blackbird Blitz

Rusty Blackbirds are beginning to show up in Alaska for their annual migration to breeding grounds in our boreal wetlands. But researchers are worried that the once abundant bird is disappearing, and they don’t know why.

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May 16, 2014 - 3:07 pm
East High graduates celebrate after flipping their tassels.

East High grads reflect on diversity

Seniors from most of Anchorage’s high schools are graduating this week and next. The district’s high schools rank among the most diverse in the nation. East high tops that list with more than 2000 kids from every corner of the world. Grads spoke about how all that diversity affected their education.

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May 14, 2014 - 5:28 pm

Borough Passes Lower Mill Rate, Okays 2015 Budget

Efforts to maintain a congenial atmosphere during budget deliberations paid off on Thursday evening, as the Matanuska Susitna Borough Assembly approved the Borough’s 2015 fiscal plan with minimum debate.

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May 9, 2014 - 1:33 pm

Anchorage transportation plan to hold steady on money for bike routes

The city will not be increasing the $11.8 million they plan to use for non-motorized transport projects in the 2015 to 2018 Transportation Improvement Program. The Anchorage Metropolitan Area Transportation Solutions advisory committee took comments on the plan on Thursday. A dozen people spoke in favor of increasing the money used to mark bike lanes and improve the trail system.

May 9, 2014 - 11:06 am
Kids learn something new during Bike to School Day

Kids learn something new during Bike to School Day

Students from Lake Otis Elementary spoke about their first experiences biking to school and the lessons they learned on the way.

May 7, 2014 - 5:05 pm
UAA, Willamette University Partner To Offer New Law School Opportunity

UAA, Willamette University Partner To Offer New Law School Opportunity

There isn’t a law school in Alaska, but the University of Alaska Anchorage is launching a new program to make it easier for Alaskans to attend law school. It’s a partnership with Willamette University College of Law in Oregon.

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May 7, 2014 - 3:55 pm

Few Turnout For Borough Budget Hearing

The last in a series of budget public hearings hosted by the Matanuska Susitna Borough brought out few people in Palmer on Monday evening. The budget comes up for discussion before the Borough Assembly on Wednesday, May 7.

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May 7, 2014 - 2:10 pm
(Photo courtesy Matanuska-Susitna Borough)

Borough School Honors Redington, Sr.

Ground was broken Tuesday for the first new school to be constructed in more than a decade in the Matanuska Susitna Borough. The new Joe Reddington, Senior school is located near the original homestead of the father of the Iditarod.

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May 7, 2014 - 11:12 am
(Photo by Josh Edge, APRN - Anchorage)

Alaska Airlines Center Adds New Dining Option

With around four months left until it’s slated to open, the University of Alaska Anchorage is tweaking the design of its new sports complex.

The university has decided to add a new restaurant in an effort to draw in the surrounding community.

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May 5, 2014 - 4:05 pm

UAA Students Cope With Finals Week

It’s finals week at the University of Alaska Anchorage, and that means many students are crunching a very large amount of work into a very short amount of time. An Anchorage woman has found a creative way to help students beat the stress of the week.

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April 30, 2014 - 5:27 pm
Photo by Ellen Lockyer, KSKA - Anchorage.

Forestry Trainees Brush Up On Essential Fire Suppression Skills

It’s only April, and already a dozen brush fires have erupted in the Matanuska Susitna area. State foresters are looking ahead to a busy fire season, and fire suppression trainees are brushing up on essential skills – including driving the fire truck.

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April 28, 2014 - 5:25 pm

Survey Finds Mat-Su Residents Want To Maintain Rural Profile

A survey sponsored by the Nature Conservancy indicates that Matanuska-Susitna Borough residents want to maintain a rural profile a quarter of a century from now. The Institute of Social and Economic Research collected the data used in the survey. The results were released last week.

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April 23, 2014 - 5:48 pm

APD Implements New Crime-Tracking Systems

The Anchorage Police Department is using two new systems to communicate with the public about crimes in the city. One is a crime mapping system and the other allows city residents to receive messages directly from the department.

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April 22, 2014 - 5:19 pm